Headache

Headaches should not be masked by drugs. You should go to your Chiropractor to locate and treat the root of the problem.

It is estimated that a quarter of the population regularly suffers from headaches.

Even though they are common, headaches should not be considered normal. Pain is always a warning sign that something is wrong in our body. A headache could be an indication of a serious condition, such as hypertension, eye problems, neurological illness or even a brain tumor.

In no case should you mask the pain with drugs. You should go to a specialist who can identify the underlying cause.

Your chiropractor will be able to eliminate the possibility that you are suffering from a serious disease, which may be the source of pain. And if required, you will be referred to an appropriate professional, offering a fast and efficient way to solve the problem before it becomes more serious.

 

 
  
 
When trying to counteract the loss of the natural curvature of the neck and keep your head in the normal position, the neck muscles go into spasm and create strong contractions.

Tension Headache

Among the various types of headaches, those produced by stress are the most common. These are often due to the cervical spine losing its normal curvature, which can be caused by a combination of factors: poor posture (at work, sleeping), falls, blows, accidents, whiplash type injuries, anxiety, stress, etc.

To compensate for this straightening of the cervical part of the spine, and in order to keep your head in a normal position, the neck muscles are overworked, often going into spasm and contracting.

Moreover, these cervical problems can cause long term vertebral wear and tear, such as cervical osteoarthritis and even a herniated or slipped disc. So, it is very important not to mask the discomfort with pills, but treat the cause of the problem.

 

Migraine

Another common type of headache -and the most painful- is migraine. This throbbing pain, usually located on one side of the head is often aggravated by light and accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Migraine occurs as a result of a tightening of blood vessels in the head, which produce pain when they dilate. Although there is a hereditary predisposition to migraines, they are not normal and must be properly treated.

It is often thought that migraine is due to factors such as menstruation, eating certain foods or liver problems, when in fact those factors only reveal underlying problems.

People who suffer from migraines frequently have a spinal disorder affecting the nervous system, which controls the function of blood vessels.

It is recommended to have a chiropractic check-up of the spine so that if any disorder is detected, it can be treated accordingly.
  

Traditional solutions

Headaches are responsible for the availability of a huge supply of drugs on the market, the role of which is to mask pain symptoms. These are powerful drugs that numb the nervous system in order to numb the pain.

Although taking a painkiller can seem like an easy solution, this approach does not solve the root cause of the problem, and it can result in dangerous side-effects.

For example anti-inflammatories cause ulcers, gastric problems, gastrointestinal bleeding, and should be especially avoided by the elderly and pregnant women. Migraine drugs are very powerful products and should be used with caution, and only taken under medical supervision, as they can cause serious problems, especially if mixed with other medication.

The Chiropractic solution

Chiropractic treats not only the symptoms of the problem, but it also identifies the root cause. This therapy, which does not use medication and their side-effects, provides an effective, natural and safe alternative treatment for headaches.

In the treatment of tension headaches, chiropractors work to restore the cervical spine curvature and normal movement. This allows the muscles to relax and puts an end to painful muscle spasms.

Migraines can be relieved by correcting bad spinal positions affecting the nervous system, which is responsible for the dilation and tightening of blood vessels in the head.

Remember it is not normal to have headaches. Make an appointment to see your chiropractor for treatment or for referral to an appropriate specialist.


References:

  • Efficacy of Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Headache: A Systematic Review. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001; 24 (7) Sept: 457–466
  • Lazarou JL, Pomeranz BH, Corey PN. Incidence of adverse drug reactions in hospitalized patients. A meta-analysis of prospective studies. Journal of American Medical Association, 1998; 279: 1200-5.
  • The Effect of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Cervicogenic Headache. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1997; 20 (5) Jun: 326-330
  • Hurwitz EL, Aker PD, Adams AH, Meeker WC, Shekelle PG. Manipulation and mobilization of the cervical spine. A systematic review of the literature. Spine, 1996; 21: 1746-59.
  • Wolfe MM, Lichtenstein DR, Singh G. Gastrointestinal toxicity of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. New England Journal of Medicine, 1999; 340(24); 1888-1889.
  • Bove G, Nilsson N. Spinal manipulation in the treatment of episodic tension-type headache, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Nov. 11, 1998; vol. 280, no. 18, pp1576-79.
  • Zwart J. Neck Mobility in different headache disorders. Headache, Jan. 1997; vol. 37, pp6-11.
  • Nelson CF. The Tension Headache, Migraine Headache Continuum: A Hypothesis. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, March/April 1994; vol. 17, no. 3, pp156-66.
At our Centres in Barcelona and Sitges, you can buy GIFT VOUCHERS for an initial visit at one of our Centres at a special price.

Call us for more information at 93 811 01 01

We are Open every Saturday
FAQ
where you will find answers and advice

How can chiropractic help a pregnant woman?

Every pregnant woman should include chiropractic treatment in her prenatal care. Medical studies have shown that women who receive chiropractic care during pregnancy give birth to healthier babies, have easier births, and undergo fewer cesarean deliveries.

Taking care of your back, body and nervous system through chiropractic involves a much healthier life and optimal health.

Interviews, Articles ... Doctor Chiappinelli and the Chiropractic Centres in Sitges and Barcelona in the Press.